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The Elite

The Elite

Book rating: 04 Hardback Selection (Harper Teen)

By (author) Kiera Cass

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  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 33mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0062059963
  • ISBN 13: 9780062059963
  • Sales rank: 24,187

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Kiera Cass’s The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This sequel to The Selection will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love? The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

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By Cassidie Jhones 27 Jun 2014 5

In retrospect, it might have been a better idea to review it before reading the installemnts, but I couldn't stop reading to actually do it! It was that good. I finished the entire series in less than half a week. Despite the fact that I hadn't even wanted to read it for a long time, claiming I wasn't interested. It's main theme was romance after all, and I'm not usually into sheer romance without further ado like something paranormal. Well, I was wrong after all, very very wrong.

Since the synopsis summarizes it rather thoroughly, way better than I could, I will start with the review right away. More accurately I will start with the plot right away. Honestly, I loved every moment of it. I was engaged maximally, not being able to stop because there was always something happening. It was not only about the Selection and the romance, but the dystopian world and the complications of life as well and these all together resulted an intriguing and colorful story.

Secondly, the world building. I really liked the idea of being in the future where anarchy is set up again. This is something that could indeed happen to us, because why not? Who knows how long this system will pull out, if after a 4th World War we won't start changing things dramatically. And frankly, Ms Cass brought out the most of it. The rebel attacks and the layers of it add a lot to the story, the castes and jobs are brilliant and the idea of the Selection is utterly unique. The history piqued my attention, too. I felt as id I was on a real history lesson and was being taught our own past.

However, the most exceeding aspect was the characterization. I loved the characterization. The characters were all individuals, some of them lovable, some of them strangable, but all of them as if they were real, breathing people. America, our protagonist, grew the closer to my heart with her stubbornness and strong temper which yet didn't prevent her from being a purely good soul, a person who loves with whole heart and wants to help where she can. I adored her way of thinking, but could have strangled her sometimes, especially when she bottled up and held back things that could have made her situation easier. Maxon, the prince, was a lot different from how I imagined. Through Americas eyes we first think he's stuck-up, just because he is what he is, but when we first meet him...Even though America doesn't even like him in the beginning, it's obvious he's not any of those bad things she thought. In fact, he's caring, loving and smart, and adorably insecure around crying women, but knows little about the real misery of the world. Later on they develop a friendly relationship nevertheless, the cutest friendship I have ever seen, however, the affection is visible from the very start. As for Apen, I didn't think much of him. He was sort of a jerk in my eyes, however, the end left me a little clueless concerning his intentions.

And last but not the least, Kiera Cass's writing style is something distinct and charming. More than that, it's captivating. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it was so big-time.
by Cassidie @ Rebook424

By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 27 May 2013 4

The Elite delivered exactly what I wanted in the second book of the Selection series. There's more drama, more love triangles and more gorgeous gowns fit for a princess-to-be. America Singer is still in the middle working out her feelings regarding her two admirers - Crown Prince Maxon and her childhood sweetheart now Palace guard, Aspen. Every time she thinks she's decided which way her heart is leading her something happens and makes her feel mixed up all over again. Maxon only has six girls left in The Selection and where America was once comfortable regarding his feelings towards the other girls she's now anxious and more jealous than she ever though she'd feel. Emotions are running strong. Marlee is still acting oddly, Celeste has more nasty tricks up her sleeve and the King weighs in with who he think Maxon should pick...

The first half of this novel doesn't have much regarding the dystopian aspect of this book but the second half ramps up and delivers some much-anticipated action. The rebels are back and the threat to the crown and country. The remaining girls from the Selection get more time to show who they are as people as well as learning the importance and responsibility of being Maxon's wife. America is still a little too amazing for my liking - being a hero to the people and the funniest girl in the Selection - but more of her flaws came out as this series is developing. The love triangles are a little overwhelming at times with America deciding on one of her men and then being adamant that it's the other one she's meant to be with. And then another flip-flop in her decision a few pages later.

For the Bachelor fans - there's still quite a bit in this book for you! Extravagant balls, a bit of scandal and scheming competitors are still in the mix and feel like they'd be right at home on the show. Whilst the Bachelor aspect is what drew me to this series, I've grown attached to the characters and unique drama Kiera Cass has brought to her story. I can not wait to read The One and find out who America chooses and which of the remaining contestants will be Maxon's bride - along with just how much more damage the rebels will inflict.

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"Deliciously entertaining."--Publishers Weekly

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The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.America is desperate for more time. But while she's torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want--and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.